JAMES DOTY in conversation with PHILIP ZIMBARDO

Credit: Ven. Tenzin Priyadarshi





James Doty in conversation with Philip Zimbardo

Thursday, February 4, 2016, 7:30 p.m.

Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart

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James (Jim) Doty, neurosurgeon and the director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford - of which the Dalai Lama is a founding benefactor - will discuss his new memoir, Into the Magic Shop, with Stanford psychologist, Philip Zimbardo.    
"Into the Magic Shop is pure magic!  That a child from humble beginnings could become a professor of neurosurgery and the founder of a center that studies compassion and altruism at a major university, as well as an entrepreneur and philanthropist is extraordinary enough. But it is Doty's ability to describe his journey so lyrically, and then his willingness to share his methods that make this book a gem."
Abraham Verghese, M.D., author of Cutting for Stone
"Into the Magic Shop is a captivating journey of discovery. Neurosurgeon Jim Doty's well-told personal story illuminates for us all the power of insight and empathy to transform our lives and enhance our world. Read it and you too may find magic in the mystery and majesty of the mind to bring health and healing to our individual and collective lives.
Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., author of Mindsight
As a child living in poverty with an alcoholic father and a chronically depressed mother, Doty's life was at a dead end until at twelve he wandered into a magic shop looking for a plastic thumb. Instead he met Ruth, a woman who taught him a series of exercises to ease his own suffering and manifest his greatest desires. Her final mandate was that he keep his heart open and teach these techniques to others - Doty's first glimpse of the unique relationship between the brain and the heart.  Doty would go on to put Ruth’s practices to work with extraordinary results, but he neglected Ruth’s most important lesson, to keep his heart open, with disastrous results—until he has the opportunity to make a spectacular charitable contribution that will virtually ruin him. 
Part memoir, part science, part inspiration, and part practical instruction, Into the Magic Shop shows us how we can fundamentally change our lives by first changing our brains and our hearts.
Philip Zimbardo, professor emeritus at Stanford, is one of the most distinguished living psychologists. He has served as President of the American Psychological Association and designed and narrated the award winning 26-part PBS series, Discovering Psychology.  A , Dr. Zimbardo has spent 50 years teaching and studying psychology. His current research looks at the psychology of heroism. He asks: “What pushes some people to become perpetrators of evil, while others act heroically on behalf of those in need?”
Event date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
1010 El Camino Real
Menlo Park, CA 94025-4349